Aug 9, 2017 soapbox warning

I beg of you, my friends, please read this.
Aug 9, 2017 Karla’s Blog
I just can’t even explain to you how much this devotional is touching my heart. When it was first recommended to me, I just wasn’t in a place that let me appreciate it. I guess my life has altered and I am now ready to hear this direction from God. Every day I read this and walk away moved, inspired, excited that I will be with my God soon and I want to be sure and tell all those who are important to me, that they too can have this everlasting life with God, and share in His glory. There was a part of the devotional that says how we weep for our own selfish lives, Oh woe is me. Then we sit back and blame everything bad in our lives on the backs of others. This is an amazing time to be alive. There has never been a time when life required less effort. We sit in our lounger and eat, receive vital information, entertain ourselves, shop, gossip and sleep. What our ancestors would have given for the advancements we have. When they worked from sun up till way past down to just have a little food on the table. Our lives are filled with more than we need and we expect more. There are far more bad backs now than there were then and they used their backs to live. I think we need these wake up calls from time to time. We fill our days so full of stuff that we don’t take any time to thank the God who gave you this life. He put you here in this time when life is easier than it has ever been before, it wasn’t just happenstance. It was Devine intervention that placed you here. Not in a third world country where there is barely clean drinking water, and no healthcare that is efficient. You didn’t just work for your paycheck, God gave you that job. He put you there for a very particular reason. You need to discover what that is. We need to spend more time truly thanking this God who created us, and this Savior who suffered, bled, and died for us. Stop saying oh me, my life is so hard. What will be hard is when we are faced with an eternity without love, without relief from pain, EVER. So many say well if I go to hell at least I won’t be alone, all my friends will be with me. When it comes to life and death matters never confuse yourself that your friend would not walk all over you to climb up out of a pit of fire if they could. You will not be thinking oh my friends are here, when your skin is melting off and you are burning alive every day with literally no end to ever come in sight. Think of the last time you were really sick, did you want to be around your friends? Did it make you feel any better that you had friends around? If they are hurting too, does that make your pain any less real? I tell you time is short and we are so close to the end of times. We really need to get ready. Reach out and try one more time to reach your loved ones, pray that God will give you the words to say, and that they can truly hear what you are offering them. Treat it like it is your last chance to save them from an eternity of pain and suffering. Show them the true importance of your words. Don’t live with regret. They will be suffering from the constant pain, while you are with your Master in the greatest luxury you can ever imagine. Share it like it matters.
I sound like some old preacher now, and I am so far from worthy. I truly just want to see Glory with God, with no regrets. Would you really wish eternal pain on anyone? Even your worst enemy. Is whatever they did, that you felt brought you torment, really so bad that they deserve eternal punishment. In a short time all they took from you, or pain they caused you will be over. It is no more about temporary gratification, we are talking the long road here.
Ok, I will step off my soapbox now and remember I am no better than anyone else. I too need to reach those I love. Please just give it some thought. Please enjoy this devotional from His Victorious Indwelling:

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. ROMANS 8:11 We are largely creatures of habit. By birth we are selfish, and by long practice we have lived to please ourselves. We have long been debtors to certain fleshly tendencies. We have settled down perchance (wicked notion) that it must be ever thus. There are certain Canaanites that “would dwell in the land.” They have chariots of iron. Let us set out a few of the more common and subtle forms of the flesh which are manifest “hangovers” in many Christians. You may always have been a murmuring, complaining Christian. You sulk and feel sorry for your “sad, sweet self.” But you need not do so. “If the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,” He will so quicken your poor mortal, murmuring frame that you will experience the power of the Cross to cancel the complaining. There is a point to be observed, however; the victory will not be automatic. It will be only: “If ye through the Spirit [note that you must co-operate] do mortify [make to die] the deeds of the body” (Rom. 8:13). You are sensitive, “thin-skinned”? Why not call it sinful pride? The next time somebody reproves you, just say, “You don’t know half the truth. If you knew me you would say much worse.” This may help you into harmony with the Cross. It will at least be the truth. The flesh reasons that if your circumstances were only different you could have victory. But circumstances only reveal what is inside. Our insistence here is this: that “the eternal substance of a thing never lies in the thing itself, but in the quality of our reaction toward it. If in hard times we are kept from resentment, held in silence and filled with inward sweetness, that is what matters. The event that distressed us will pass from memory as a wind that passes and is gone. But what we were while the wind was blowing upon us has eternal consequences” (Amy Carmichael).
You may be a zealous Christian. But have you gotten over a fleshly itch for a thrilling baptism of power? Do you demand signs and wonders before you will believe? The flesh seeks to glory in God’s very presence. Those who make such imperious demands upon God keep alive the very fleshly, selfish principle which must go to the Cross. In Old Testament ceremony, the blood, representing death, always preceded the anointing with oil, representing the Spirit. Do we forget that the Spirit comes from the Crucified in Heaven? Five bleeding wounds He bears. They still proclaim that the flesh with its passions and lusts was crucified.
L. E. MAXWELL

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